Adopt Bihar Madarsa Education Board Act: JMM
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 23:36
Ranchi: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), a crucial ally in the BJP-led government, on Tuesday demanded adoption of Bihar Madarsa Education Board Act, 1981 to help minority institutions get grants.

"Approval for grant-in-aid was given only to 186 Madarsas while leaving out 592 other Madarsas and 24 Sanskrit schools is not proper. Let the government adopt the Bihar Madarsa Education Board, 1981 (act) till we have our own act for these institutions," JMM leader and Deputy CM Hemant Soren said.

"The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has recently approved Rs 108.20 crore as grant for 2,459 Madarsas. We are not demanding that much grant. But we can have a physical verification of the 592 Madarsas situated across Jharkhand and on that basis a decision on grant to each of them could be taken," he added.

Expressing hope that the JMM's demand would be included in the agenda during the next cabinet meeting, Soren said Chief Minister Arjun Munda might announce a fresh date tomorrow for the next cabinet meeting.

"Today's cabinet meeting in Dumka was postponed because officials were not ready with proper agenda, which was necessary because when a cabinet meeting would be held in the second capital of the state, the people of that region would expect such announcements which would benefit them. Moreover, several of us visited Ramdayal Munda's Shradh ceremony today," he said.

Munda had reportedly said that the cabinet was postponed as he had to attend 'Shardh' ceremony of the Rajya Sabha member and noted educationist Ramdayal Munda, who passed away on September 30.

The JMM leader also sought to draw the attention of the Arjun Munda-led government to announce adequate funds for Sidho Kano University in Dumka so that the education institution could construct permanent infrastructure for its different faculties and "smooth payment" of salary to the teaching and non-teaching staff.

"Recently new faculties have been announced, but there is no infrastructure in place. The varsity's administrative office is functioning in the building of welfare department in Dumka while hostels need renovation," he added.

"Dumka is the second capital of the state, therefore, it should have a bench of Jharkhand High Court, good road network and completion of the pending sports complex," he added.

He, however, rubbished media reports of any "conflict of interests" between the BJP and the JMM within the 13-month-old coalition.

"No, there is nothing serious. We have raised these issues keeping in mind that nearly 90 percent of the state minority population stay in Santhal Pargana (comprising six districts) and we have only drew the attention to the 28-6-2008 letter of the state government suggesting to adopt the Bihar Madarsa Education Act, and nothing more," Soren said.


First Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 23:36

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